Pro football player, Beaufort native Ron Parker to Grand Marshall upcoming CODA Race for Love

This Valentine’s Day, start your day with a 5K.  Ron Parker, defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs will be back in Beaufort to Grand Marshall the third annual CODA Race4Love 5K Run/Walk on Cat Island on Saturday, February 14th at 9am.

Ron grew up on St. Helena Island and played football at Beaufort High School and then for Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.  He started his NFL career playing for the Seattle Seahawks and has found a home over the past few years providing some big play defense with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lots of fun events are planned for the big race day, including a valentine relay, a s’mores bar, a Valentine’s Day-themed costume contest, an interactive fire-fighting demonstration and more. CODA's Third Annual Race4Love

Proceeds from Race4Love will benefit CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) and local survivors of domestic abuse .

Since 1986, CODA has been helping survivors of domestic abuse break the cycle and build new lives for themselves and their families. Over the years, CODA has grown from a hotline and emergency shelter to offer a continuum of free services available in shelter and in the community including counseling, case management, legal services, transitional housing and community education. CODA relies on grants and donations to provide all of these critical services free of charge.

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